Gilchrist for com­pro­mise in row be­tween Aussie board, play­ers

Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur) - - World - HT Cor­re­spon­dent sports­

Aus­tralia’s cricket team and ad­min­is­tra­tors are fac­ing un­cer­tain times. The crick­eters are cur­rently in­volved in a bit­ter pay dis­pute with Cricket Aus­tralia. The sit­u­a­tion has many for­mer crick­eters wor­ried, in­clud­ing for­mer wick­et­keeper Adam Gilchrist.

Speak­ing at the Aus­tralia-In­dia Sports Part­ner­ship Meet or­gan­ised by FICCI on Mon­day, Gilchrist, who re­tired in 2008 af­ter play­ing 96 Tests, said there should be a give-and-take ap­proach if they are to reach a so­lu­tion.

“Both sides have to com­pro­mise to reach an agree­ment. The nor­mal way of ne­go­ti­a­tion is to give and take. That is what will be re­quired,” Gilchrist said.

Cricket Aus­tralia has warned that play­ers will be out of con­tract if they don’t sign an agree­ment by the dead­line of June 30.

At the heart of the row is the gov­ern­ing body’s de­ter­mi­na­tion to scrap the rev­enue-shar­ing method that has been in place for 20 years. While CA ar­gues that it wants to al­lo­cate more money for grass­roots de­vel­op­ment of the game, while the play­ers, and their as­so­ci­a­tion, in­sist the rev­enue­shar­ing should con­tinue.

Gilchrist termed the cur­rent stand-off sur­pris­ing.

“Cricket Aus­tralia has taken care of its play­ers a lot in the past 20 years since the last MoU was signed. Per­haps they have not ar­tic­u­lated ex­actly why they need a change in the struc­ture. It seems the play­ers are not con­vinced,” Gilchrist said.

How­ever, Aus­tralia’s most suc­cess­ful wick­et­keeper, has ex­pressed hope the is­sue will be sorted out be­fore the June 30 dead­line, when a new MoU will be pro­posed be­tween CA and the Aus­tralian Crick­eters’ As­so­ci­a­tion.

“Both the play­ers as­so­ci­a­tion and the ad­min­is­tra­tors hope it does not drag on. I think they will be work­ing tire­lessly to have that re­solved,” Gilchrist stated. ‘Could be un­em­ployed’ Aus­tralia’s crick­eters are not in a mood to back down in the dis­pute, with vice-cap­tain David Warner stat­ing that Oc­to­ber’s tour of In­dia could be jeop­ar­dised if there is no MoU.

Warner told Aus­tralia’s Chan­nel 9: “From July 1, we’re un­em­ployed. We’ve been threat­ened with that. We’re hope­ful there’s go­ing to be an agree­ment done. If there’s noth­ing that’s put in place for what we’re try­ing to achieve here, from both point of views, we’re not go­ing to tour Bangladesh. There might not be Ashes if we don’t have an MoU.”

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